It’s hard to fathom really, but we are entering festival season here in Austin! As some festivals are already going down, the massive ACL Festival has week one going down in a matter of weeks. Ready or not, you know that your boys here at Austin Town Hall will make sure you are prepared with interviews, previews, guides and photos. Entering our 9th year covering the festival, we’ve got you covered. Our very first piece of coverage is in interview form from rock n roll superstars White Reaper. Check the jump for full interview, set times, and tunes.
I’m really digging the music that Gayze is putting forth. The Idaho group has just put out their Black Soul EP, which comes in a splattered 7″ format from Bleeding Gold Records. Currently, you can get the EP for free in the digital format HERE, and it’s got a sound I think many people will enjoy. At first, there’s a sunny side of pop on the EP, but as they move further along, they’ve created this low-key psych rock, fusing the genre with some lo-fi garage aesthetics. I hope people catch wind of this group, as they’re producing some really great songs.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Bleeding-Gold-Records-BG036-Black-Soul-04-East-Coast-Dying.mp3]
Download: Gayze – East Coast Dying [MP3]
It’s really funny that this track popped up in our inbox the other day, just a night after I was talking to our friend Marcus about the lack of credit given to the Idaho scene. In 2011 the scene hit big with Youth Lagoon, and the state is the home to Built to Spill, who took out the band Finn Riggins for several tours. This track from Finn Riggins definitely has a nice little groove to it, and it’ll feature on the band’s Benchwarmers EP, which is set for release on April 21st for Record Store Day. This is the perfect way to kick off our Monday; the band will be in Austin playing the Boise Showcase at SXSW if you’re looking for a place to catch them.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/FinnRigginsBenchwarmers.mp3]
Download:Finn Riggins – Benchwarmers [MP3]
Admittedly, a great deal of my musical “findings” stem from one Jack Rabid, the head honcho at The Big Takeover magazine (hands down the best music mag around). Reading the recent issue, I stumbled across a review for a band I had all but forgotten about, Idaho. They put out a slew of record from 92-05, but I hadn’t heard anything from them until recently, and that’s why I’m here today to share news that the band will be offering up You Were a Dick next week. This is a pretty perfect track to kick off your Tuesday; it’s nice and quiet and emotional. Enjoy, and if you dig it, go back and check out the back catalog.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/idaho-You-were-a-Dick-01-You-were-a-Dick.mp3]
Download: Idaho – You Were a Dick [MP3]